FAQs

What is the mailing address for Duncan students? What is the College Office phone number?
Student Name
1601 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005
How can I contact the adult team at the college?

You can call the college coordinator’s office at (713) 348-4647.

How do I send an email to everyone at Duncan using the listserv?
You can send a message to duncancollege@mailman.rice.edu using your @rice.edu email address. Your message will have to be approved before it shows up.
How can I reserve a room or public space?
Information about room reservations can be found here.
Who do I contact if there are problems with my room?
You should contact housing services.
Email: work@rice.edu
Phone: (713) 348-5445
Web: Campus Housing

Where is Duncan located on Rice campus?
Duncan is located next to McMurtry College on the northeast side of campus. Notable buildings next to Duncan include Duncan Hall, Ryon Engineering, and Herman Brown Hall.

What entrance should I use to get to Duncan?
Duncan is easily accessed through Rice Entrance 23 on the outer loop.

What are the rooms like?

Duncan is the newest college and its rooms at Duncan are among some of the best at Rice. Doubles have 2 desks, 2 sets of drawers, 2 beds, a personal shower, an open closet, and most importantly, abundant space. Singles are essentially the same except the furnishings are for one person and the bathroom is located outside the room. Suites, both open and closed, consist of a group of singles with a common room.

We also provide an online tour of all of our rooms.

What does Duncan look like?
Duncan has five floors of rooms that encompass the quad, a central area with picnic tables and a swing. The fifth floor is called the Sundeck on which people can relax in the many lawn chairs and stare out over downtown Houston. Duncan also includes a Game Room, a TV room, a huge Commons, a classroom, a movie room, a computer room, a music room, and most importantly, the DuncTank.

Are there any major traditions at Duncan?

Duncan hosts several large parties:

  • Dunc Step – a country-western themed dry party held every fall that features two-stepping and a mechanical bull.
  • Sensation – a party similar to the Sensation events held around the world. Sensation is held every spring and features dance music, flashing lights, and a sea of people united by one thumping beat.
    • For more information about public parties, you should refer to our Parties page. Duncan has several notable traditions:
      • Dunc Tavern – rather than having pub nights, Duncan creates a taven on the Sundeck for one night every semester.
      • Monday Night Lights – on Mondays, Duncaroos gather in the quad late at night to enjoy a makeshift ping pong table, guitar music, and smores.
      • Thirsty Thursdays – on Thursdays, suites will host a Duncan-wide milkshake and socializing event.
      • Sunfest – an annual music festival on the Sundeck that features campus bands.
      • The Dunc Tank – a knee-deep pool located next to the Commons. As part of a tradition, Duncaroos are tossed into it on their birthdays.

      For more information, you may want to refer to our Traditions page.

How does Duncan do in competitions against other colleges?
Even though Duncan is the newest college, we are already extremely competitive in all college competitions. Duncan boasts strong participation rates in all college sports, especially freshman flag, powderpuff, volleyball, basketball, and floor hockey. Duncan has boasted top 3 finishes in Beer Bike in past few years and is particularly competitive in the float competition. As Duncan grows in students, experience, and spirit, it will become a powerhouse in all the competitions on campus.

Who do you talk to if you have problems at Duncan?
Duncan has a plethora of resources available within the college aimed at helping students with all sorts of issues. The Duncan Magister, Dr. Caleb McDaniel, is frequently at lunch and has an open door policy for any students who have concerns. There are also Resident Associates on each floor of Duncan who are very open and great people to talk to. Duncan also has trained RHAs, or Rice Health Advisors, who provide fellow students with a confidential environment to discuss personal and group issues. Lastly, Duncan students are family, and every person at Duncan is guaranteed to lend an encouraging word and a sympathetic ear for whatever problems there may be.